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WORDPRESS
THE GENIUS OF
by Jen Riehle
What is
WordPress?
WordPress is...
an open source content
management system,
often used as a blog
publishing application,
that uses PHP and MySQL.
What makes WordPress
SO AWESOME, Jen?
WordPress
Awesomeness
Open source = YAY!
Large user community
Used by > 12% of the largest 1,000,000
websites on the web
Flexible deployment options
More WordPress
Awesomeness
Availability of cool widgets
Extendable and flexible with
plugins and APIs
Easy to get in; Easy to get out
widgets: twitter, meebo, flickr, etc.
plugins: google analytics, google maps plugins; video player plugins, WPTouch
That sounds
AWESOME!
How do I get me
some of that?
Getting you WordPress
1. Sign up for a blog at wordpress.com
2. Download WordPress from
wordpress.org and install in a hosted
environment
2 options:
wordpress.com
versus
wordpress.org
.com Basics
Requires an account for blog owners; no
account for browsing (can limit access)
URL is http://yourblogname.wordpress.com
Takes care of everything: setup, upgrades,
spam, backups, security, etc.
Free account comes with 3GB storage
but may have text-only ads
Premium option available for a fee (css
editor; domain mapping)
“From time to time, we display text ads on your blog to logged-out users who aren’t regular visitors.”
Premium: custom css editior; domain mapping; VideoPress; no ads
wordpress.com community: your blog cane be highlighted on home page; ratings for your
posts/blog available
The Dashboard
trackback: notification when someone links to your site
Manage comments
View usage statistics
Quickpost
Polls
ALL INCULDED AUTOMATICALLY. Some auto available on wordpress.com but others only
available as a plug-in YOU have to install
The Posts
Stats - comments - likes
Note the “likes” (aggregated throughout Wordpress.com)
Adding Content
Trackbacks and pingbacks both refer to when other people link back to content on your site;
pingback is essentially the same but with an extra step to verify that the host is there and real
- helps limit spam.
Trackback block helps confirm to other sites that you’ve linked to them
category
- cat e go ry
- noun
- definition: a class or group of things
possessing some quality or qualities
in common
All posts must be in at least one category;
can have more than one
Categories may be hierarchical
Categories must be unique
Are generally displayed with each post (depending on your theme)
Clicking on a category gives a list of posts that use that category
tag
- tag
- noun
- definition: a children’s game in
which one player pursues the other
until he or she is able to touch them
Not hierarchical
On wordpress.com, clicking on a tag
will show you all instances of that tag in
all wordpress blogs
Can create tags for wordpress.com account but they are community tags
Prettiness
Search for themes by:
colors, #-column layout, left/right sidebar, language translation availability, widget
availability
BUT THERE ARE NOY MANY OPTIONS ~100
widget
- widg et
- noun
- definition: a GUI element that
displays information in an
arrangement that is changeable by
the user
Very useful, drag-and-drop functionality
plugin
- plug-in
- noun
- definition: an accessory software
package that is used to extend the
capabilities of the existing
application
a widget is a type of plugin
Not available for wordpress.com account
.com Limitations
Can’t install a custom theme
Can’t hack the PHP or CSS*
Can’t use plugins
Your blog is tied into wordpress.com
community of blogs
* Can hack CSS with limited options with a for-pay account
Pay account also allows domain mapping
What does it
mean?
No plugins in wordpress.com
Limited themes
Tags, ratings, etc. tie-in to wordpress.com community
wordpress.org:
Time to Level Up
With great power
comes great
responsibility
Have a good web host;
need a database and PHP
You’re responsible for
backups, upgrades,
managing spam, etc.
Mismanage the site and
you can lose it all
Let’s go play...
WordPress 3.0
(the next generation)
What’s New
New default theme and theme APIs
Multi-site functionality (formerly
WordPress MU)
Updated menu management
Custom post types
Custom taxonomies (with hierarchical
structure)
WordPress MU was a separate installation of WordPress, now functionality built into 3.0
Allows one installation of WordPress to manage multiple blogs - one administrator can
deploy a community of blogs
Taxonomy: a way of classifying data
By default, Wordpress has 3: categories, tags and link categories
WordPress 3.0 lets you create who new taxonomies, for example if you host a movie review
blog you might have a new taxonomy for genres and then create new terms within that
taxonomy
“
“
Matt Mulleweg
(WordPress creator)
Normally this is where I’d say we’re about to start work on 3.1, but
we’re actually not. We’re going to take a release cycle off to focus on
all of the things around WordPress. The growth of the community has
been breathtaking, including over 10.3 million downloads of version
2.9, but so much of our effort has been focused on the core software
it hasn’t left much time for anything else. Over the next three
months we’re going to split into ninja/pirate teams focused on
different areas of the around-WordPress experience, including
the showcase, Codex, forums, profiles, update and compatibility
APIs, theme directory, plugin directory, mailing lists, core
plugins, wordcamp.org… the possibilities are endless.
- June 18th, 2010
3.1 due in late 2010
3.2 in 2011
More Fun
Books. So many, many books
WordCamp! WordCamp Mid-Atlantic (DC) is
Sept. 11
Web lists of WordPress plugins, themes, etc.
Download WordPress app for iPhone, iPad,
Android or Blackberry
WordPress for Dummies, 3rd edition (2010); WordPress 24 hour trainer (2009)
WordCamp
Mashable has lists of Top Plugins for RSS feeds, for managing multiple blogs, etc.
Don’t get to become one of the biggest website deployment tools out there without a solid
user base - google your question and you’ll find help.
The Codex
The WordPress Encyclopedia
GREAT resources with tons of
information (primarily for installed
instances of WordPress)
wordpress.org also includes a blog,
forum and hosting info
Documentation source
Photo Help
Slide 1: flickr/crystal/bb_matt
Slide 4: flickr/a street called awesome/ moonlightbulb
Slide 7: flickr/bitter beer face/a4gpa
Slide 9: flickr/proof testing imperial equipment/stefan
Slide 14: flickr/double happy carebear rainbow/pink sherbert photography
Slide 16: flickr/mario kart wii promo event/goodrob13
Slide 19: flickr/chief engineer/striatic
Questions?
Jen Riehle
jen_riehle@ncsu.edu
Twitter: @ncsumarit
http://www.slideshare.net/ncsumarit

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The Genius of Wordpress - notes

  • 3. WordPress is... an open source content management system, often used as a blog publishing application, that uses PHP and MySQL.
  • 4. What makes WordPress SO AWESOME, Jen?
  • 5. WordPress Awesomeness Open source = YAY! Large user community Used by > 12% of the largest 1,000,000 websites on the web Flexible deployment options
  • 6. More WordPress Awesomeness Availability of cool widgets Extendable and flexible with plugins and APIs Easy to get in; Easy to get out widgets: twitter, meebo, flickr, etc. plugins: google analytics, google maps plugins; video player plugins, WPTouch
  • 7. That sounds AWESOME! How do I get me some of that?
  • 8. Getting you WordPress 1. Sign up for a blog at wordpress.com 2. Download WordPress from wordpress.org and install in a hosted environment 2 options:
  • 10. .com Basics Requires an account for blog owners; no account for browsing (can limit access) URL is http://yourblogname.wordpress.com Takes care of everything: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc. Free account comes with 3GB storage but may have text-only ads Premium option available for a fee (css editor; domain mapping) “From time to time, we display text ads on your blog to logged-out users who aren’t regular visitors.” Premium: custom css editior; domain mapping; VideoPress; no ads wordpress.com community: your blog cane be highlighted on home page; ratings for your posts/blog available
  • 11. The Dashboard trackback: notification when someone links to your site Manage comments View usage statistics Quickpost Polls ALL INCULDED AUTOMATICALLY. Some auto available on wordpress.com but others only available as a plug-in YOU have to install
  • 12. The Posts Stats - comments - likes Note the “likes” (aggregated throughout Wordpress.com)
  • 13. Adding Content Trackbacks and pingbacks both refer to when other people link back to content on your site; pingback is essentially the same but with an extra step to verify that the host is there and real - helps limit spam. Trackback block helps confirm to other sites that you’ve linked to them
  • 14. category - cat e go ry - noun - definition: a class or group of things possessing some quality or qualities in common All posts must be in at least one category; can have more than one Categories may be hierarchical Categories must be unique Are generally displayed with each post (depending on your theme) Clicking on a category gives a list of posts that use that category
  • 15. tag - tag - noun - definition: a children’s game in which one player pursues the other until he or she is able to touch them Not hierarchical On wordpress.com, clicking on a tag will show you all instances of that tag in all wordpress blogs Can create tags for wordpress.com account but they are community tags
  • 16. Prettiness Search for themes by: colors, #-column layout, left/right sidebar, language translation availability, widget availability BUT THERE ARE NOY MANY OPTIONS ~100
  • 17. widget - widg et - noun - definition: a GUI element that displays information in an arrangement that is changeable by the user Very useful, drag-and-drop functionality
  • 18. plugin - plug-in - noun - definition: an accessory software package that is used to extend the capabilities of the existing application a widget is a type of plugin Not available for wordpress.com account
  • 19. .com Limitations Can’t install a custom theme Can’t hack the PHP or CSS* Can’t use plugins Your blog is tied into wordpress.com community of blogs * Can hack CSS with limited options with a for-pay account Pay account also allows domain mapping
  • 20. What does it mean? No plugins in wordpress.com Limited themes Tags, ratings, etc. tie-in to wordpress.com community
  • 22. With great power comes great responsibility Have a good web host; need a database and PHP You’re responsible for backups, upgrades, managing spam, etc. Mismanage the site and you can lose it all
  • 24. WordPress 3.0 (the next generation)
  • 25. What’s New New default theme and theme APIs Multi-site functionality (formerly WordPress MU) Updated menu management Custom post types Custom taxonomies (with hierarchical structure) WordPress MU was a separate installation of WordPress, now functionality built into 3.0 Allows one installation of WordPress to manage multiple blogs - one administrator can deploy a community of blogs Taxonomy: a way of classifying data By default, Wordpress has 3: categories, tags and link categories WordPress 3.0 lets you create who new taxonomies, for example if you host a movie review blog you might have a new taxonomy for genres and then create new terms within that taxonomy
  • 26. “ “ Matt Mulleweg (WordPress creator) Normally this is where I’d say we’re about to start work on 3.1, but we’re actually not. We’re going to take a release cycle off to focus on all of the things around WordPress. The growth of the community has been breathtaking, including over 10.3 million downloads of version 2.9, but so much of our effort has been focused on the core software it hasn’t left much time for anything else. Over the next three months we’re going to split into ninja/pirate teams focused on different areas of the around-WordPress experience, including the showcase, Codex, forums, profiles, update and compatibility APIs, theme directory, plugin directory, mailing lists, core plugins, wordcamp.org… the possibilities are endless. - June 18th, 2010 3.1 due in late 2010 3.2 in 2011
  • 27. More Fun Books. So many, many books WordCamp! WordCamp Mid-Atlantic (DC) is Sept. 11 Web lists of WordPress plugins, themes, etc. Download WordPress app for iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry WordPress for Dummies, 3rd edition (2010); WordPress 24 hour trainer (2009) WordCamp Mashable has lists of Top Plugins for RSS feeds, for managing multiple blogs, etc. Don’t get to become one of the biggest website deployment tools out there without a solid user base - google your question and you’ll find help.
  • 28. The Codex The WordPress Encyclopedia GREAT resources with tons of information (primarily for installed instances of WordPress) wordpress.org also includes a blog, forum and hosting info Documentation source
  • 29. Photo Help Slide 1: flickr/crystal/bb_matt Slide 4: flickr/a street called awesome/ moonlightbulb Slide 7: flickr/bitter beer face/a4gpa Slide 9: flickr/proof testing imperial equipment/stefan Slide 14: flickr/double happy carebear rainbow/pink sherbert photography Slide 16: flickr/mario kart wii promo event/goodrob13 Slide 19: flickr/chief engineer/striatic